I found that phrase in one of my bible lessons and it made me stop and think. It is truth, is it not? A good father sometimes allows his kids to cry, but he would never flippantly cause his child tears.
It was five months after my husband was killed when I found this phrase. I had cried a megaton. Believe me, if an ocean could be fed from tears, I would have created Nic’s Ocean over that first year.
But Daddy God doesn’t cause His child needless tears. Listen to scripture.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
The Bible doesn’t say “some things” or “the good things” it says ALL THINGS. That includes the bad things too. I can’t tell you why bad things happen, or why Doug came home in three urns, but I can tell you this: God’s promise to us is that even with the bad, He is making good. God would make this tragedy work for my “good.”
He will never cause His child a needless tear.
That fact may not stop the tears from falling, but if you believe in Him despite those tears your faith will be built up. That fact may not stop the ache in your heart, but that ache will make you stronger. That fact may not cease the questions in you mind, but those questions will make you search for truth. And when you still believe, when you grow strong, and when you search for truth, HE becomes so much more. Because He is your truth ( John 14:6). He is your strength (Ex. 15:2 ). He is your hope (Ps. 71:5).
Remember Job? Poor man had no idea he was in an eternal bet. God bet on him; Satan bet against him. And Job had no idea he was the main star in a story that would be told for centuries. But in an odd way, the story of Job brings us hope. Job was a righteous man. God called him “blameless and upright” (Job 1:8). Bad things happened anyway.
Sometimes when bad things happen to someone we foolishly wonder what the person has done wrong. We are all guilty of it. But scripture says sometimes NOTHING is wrong! In fact, sometimes bad things happen because you are doing everything RIGHT.
Now, isn’t that a humdinger? Kinda bites, does it not?
Sometimes I wonder if Satan knocks on Daddy’s door and says, “You see that girl down there God? You take away her ________ and she will curse your name.”
Or better yet, does God point you out like He did Job (Job 1:8)? “Satan, have you considered my servant, ___________?”
And then Satan comes down and tries to take your faith. He is good at that, trying to take your faith. Don’t let him. The jerk. Spit in his face. Better yet, make him hate you even more when you stand firm and don’t give in. Make him hate you more because now, because of the bad, you have a testimony that SHINES.
Satan hates a testimony, because a testimony changes lives.
God doesn’t cause bad things, but at times He allows them because He can see what we can’t.
He can see the end. He can see the reunion. He can see the crowns we can earn as we fight for our faith. And in the end, we don’t lose anything. In fact, we gain it all right back. Daddy makes it right in the Millennial Kingdom. He can, and He will.
The question is, when bad things happen, will we fall away? Or will we SHINE?
Shine. I dare you. When the crap hits the fan. When the world seems the darkest. SHINE.
Shine for Him. Shine because you love Him. Shine because you trust Him.
Satan will hate you for it.
And Daddy? He will smile and say, “Satan, have you considered my servant, ____________. She just showed you did she not? You better not mess with Daddy’s girl again. You see her shining? She is beautiful to me.”
You are beautiful to Daddy God. You are beautiful when you shine.
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